There is a couple on extended vacation from New Zealand with a unique mission on their six-month world tour. They (or rather he) plans to sample 1001 different beers around the world.
They have already been through Europe and enjoyed the Pilsiner beers for which Czechslovakia is famous.
Obviously, the couple jumped at the chance to join in on our weekly trip to the local “Steam Whistle Brewery”.
These two are no novices when it comes to “beer tours” given the theme of their extended holiday. And how did they rate the tour?
They both pronounced the Steam Whistle beer tour as “one of the best” they have experienced. Coming from them, it’s quite a compliment if you think about it.
They also pronounced Steam Whistle beer a “superior product” and were quite surprised that the brewery only produced one type of beer (but they concede that they do it very well.)
They also said that the person conducting the tour was attentive and informative making for a pleasant experience. The beer they make is a premium micro-brew and is a popular choice among backpackers who have sampled the beer*.
* (The popular Corned Beef House, one block east of the hostel serves ice-cold Steam Whistle draft that goes well with their wildly popular Montreal Smoked Meat deli sandwiches.)
Thus far, the two (actually he) has sampled close to five hundred different brews, less than half-way through their journey.
From here they are heading to Quebec and then south down the Atlantic Seaboard sampling some U.S. offerings.
Many foreigners (particularly Canadians and people from Downunder) have few good things to say about American suds. But both of these beer connisieurs have pronounced Sierra Nevada (a California beer) their favourite thus far.
But that is the judgment at mid-point in their travels. Munich and Oktoberfest is looming near the end of their trip and it is said that their offerings are pretty hard to beat.
The Kiwi couple (Paul, left. & Karen right.) with Jamie (a local musician, a.k.a. Ozzy) who seems to have missed the point of their exercise.